I once heard that when a movie claims it is based on true events, perhaps only 1% of the movie is true like perhaps the overall concept. So that was what I expected from Compliance that it would take a real incident and twist it into something perverse and distorted. The true event was perverse and distorted enough that a realistic portrayal of events was disturbing enough to last for a few days after viewing the film.
Compliance sure gives the viewer something to think about. All during the movie, I was thinking that would never happen to me, I am certainly sophisticated enough to not be deceived by a prank caller pretending to be a cop. Even if I was initially deceived, when it came to the strip search I would have said enough. I would have called the station on another phone to see what was going on. I would have questioned the scenario. But maybe I shouldn’t be so hoity-toity, just because I wouldn’t be fooled in that specific type of scenario doesn’t mean I could never be fooled.
Haven’t we all complied to authority or peer-pressure, even when it goes against our good judgement or morality? Hasn’t a boss asked us to something even as minor as working late when we had other family/friend commitments? Some of us have had bosses who demanded we behave unethically by lying to customers or cutting corners etc. So, you know, just because we think we have the good sense to stop something cruel and twisted, do we really — or have we never been confronted with the situation?
Good movie. Very believable characters. Must see preferably with someone you can discuss the whole thing over while having coffee, cake and a little ice cream.